your baby can read
Charlie - posted on 11/15/2009
AH yes the digital babysitter packaged as "educational" Geez , whatever happened to let kids be kids , read to them and they will learn regardless of fancy books that make empty promises , i guarantee you all of these children would have been talking at the same time had their parents read books to them and used a wide vocabulary when speaking with their child .
They are NOT learning to read they are memorizing .
children who use whole word may read sooner than kids who learn with phonics, but in the long run they pay a very big price. They do not know how to decode words and spell - they can only half read - easily skimming over words they think they have memorized and never gaining full comprehension of what they are reading. Yes whole word will give your child confidence in reading, but it will be bad confidence and hard to correct later on.
And as a teacher i can tell you majority of children who are pushed to learn earlier than needed end up being at the same level as other children by the age of 7 in some cases they get bored and decide against learning .
Play is an essential part of learning for babies and toddlers , pushing a child into accelerated learning at such a young age is detrimental to their education in the long run .
Karrie - posted on 11/15/2009
We purchased the system, here is what my opinion is of it. First you have to have a lot I mean a lot of time to use it the way they want you to and mind you a child with an endless attention span. Also as I am using the system I have found that I have a problem with it in that it does not teach phonetic. It doens't sound out words, it just says them in my opinion that is not really learning to read it is memorization even though I know after you encounter enough words the sound become something you would recognize. But I have found that my daughter enjoys me to read with her and or take her outside and show her things and I feel she has learned a lot more and quicker than with the videos/flash cards. It is a complete waste of money I wish I would have never spent it, but what can I say every parent wants their child to have the best opportunity to be ahead. But this I don't think is the route to go.
Catherine - posted on 11/14/2009
I worked at a daycare for about a year and there was a little girl in my class who had just turned one and we went through the books with her (Her mom brought them in because she wasnted her to be able to have them at school as well as at home). She couldn't speak yet, but for gorilla she would beat her chest, she would point to the facial features, and for teacher she pointed to me! It really helps comprehention if not the actual reading itself. I don't work at that daycare anymore, but I can only imagine how well she's doing now that she's nearly 3.
Stormy - posted on 11/12/2009
OMGosh, it is awsome, our daughter is so smart, well I'ed like to think she would be smart no matter what, but you get the jist. we started her when she was, oh geez maybe, um, 9 months I think? but it would be soo much better if we could have started her at 3 months like they suggest.
Anna - posted on 11/12/2009
My daughter LOVES it! I've found that it has helped a little with her vocabulary. I find the movies to be entertaining, and it helps me to get some time to get things done around the house. I never expected it to teach my daughter to read, and it hasn't in the 7 months that she's been watching it off and on.
Shannon - posted on 11/12/2009
I have it. Dont use it much though. But as my daughter gets older, I see it coming in handy just as any language system would. I dont feel its worth the money though. The dvd is very "home-made" and the value I assume is in the books and flash cards. Either way, your child will learn with or without the video.
Sharalyn - posted on 11/12/2009
No I haven't. But you can get the same type of books at Barnes and nobles or Borders. You don't have to spend over $200 for some flashcards and picture books. Be a smart shopper, bargain hunter and money savy. Trust me, its all the same. I have my daughter's flash cards, books, toys, etc. and she is learning just fine. Her first word was at 4 months old and she didn't have the your baby can read stuff. It depends on the parenting style too, if you encourage and show your child that learning is fun and acceptable, they will want to learn. hope this helps.
Katy - posted on 11/12/2009
Yeah I used it with my son. Didn't really help much with the speaking part, but he did learn to understand things a lot better, like when you say arms up he would do it. He also learnt what animals looked like. I taught him the animal noises and when they came up on the screen I'd say what's that and he would make the right noise. $50 is pretty cheap. Definitely worth a go I reckon.
Bonnie - posted on 11/12/2009
i thought i had posted already, but don't know where it went! :-? Anyway my 20 month old has started learning some things from it. I usually watch it with him and do everything with him and i think that has helped. A friend gave it to me, and i love it. i think 50$ is a decent price. hope you enjoy it!
Maxine - posted on 11/12/2009
This is what i've heard about it....
This program teaches your child to memorize the visual appearances of the words. They are not in fact reading, but recognizing certain words in the same way you would recognize shapes. The biggest problem with this is that your child gains no basis in phonics, and sounding words out. When they get to kindergarten, they will expect to keep "reading" the way they have learned before. They will want to memorize certain words, rather than learn WHY those words have that sound. So when a child on this program sees a word they have never seen before, they have NO concept of what it is. This will be incredibly frustrating for a child that has been told from very young what a good "reader" they are. It takes most children years to relearn the reading process. However, a child taught to read correctly will be able to sound out the sounds and incorporate this new word into their word bank.
If you DO want your child to be ahead, get a program like hooked on phonics. Start teaching your child the basics of recognizing letter on flash cards, and then learn what sounds the letter make. (This is a B, The B says "Buh").
September - posted on 11/12/2009
In my opinion I would rather do the teaching and not let the TV teach my child. The commercial actually makes me sick to my stomach! So many parents these days are rushing their childrens growth. What happen to learning from play or one on one time with the parent? We read to our son every day. He loves books and the one on one time that he gets with his Mommy and Daddy :) At one year of age our son has an unbelievable vocabulary and TV has nothing to do with it. Every family is different so it makes sense to do what you see fit for yours.
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